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Forbidden Highlander by Donna Grant


Cover art: Forbidden Highlander Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Forbidden Highlander - 2nd in the Dark Sword series
Author: Donna Grant
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-38123-3
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: 1603 Scotland
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Donna's Website/Blog: www.donnagrant.com

Fallon MacLeod, a Warrior who has a god within him, has traveled to Edinburgh Castle to meet with the king and try to get his castle back. After Deirdre, a powerful Druid, was responsible for the deaths of Fallon's entire clan, except for Fallon and his two brothers, their lands were taken by other clans. Fallon and his brothers have hidden from Deirdre for many years, but, now, they are back and offer protection from Deirdre for other Warriors and Druids. Unfortunately, Quinn, Fallon's youngest brother has been captured by Deirdre, who seeks to control Warriors and the gods within them, to use in her nefarious schemes. While at Edinburgh Castle, Fallon sees a woman, who catches his eye, Larena Monroe. Larena, a Warrior with a goddess inside of her, is at the castle to determine how far Deirdre's influence has spread. Fallon offers Larena his protection, but she has a secret, which might cause problems for their relationship

Forbidden Highlander is a great paranormal romance with complex characters and an intriguing plot. From the beginning, I was caught up in Forbidden Highlander and only grew more enthralled as the novel continued. Fallon, a recovering alcoholic, must overcome his own insecurities, in order, to be the leader his family and the Warriors need. Larena, on the other hand, has to learn to trust and put herself into Fallon's hands. The secondary characters play a major role in this book, and I grew to like them and want more of their stories. Ms. Grant knows how to create a family-like atmosphere, and I really enjoyed the interactions between the characters. The villainess, Deirdre is very creepy, and I can't wait for Quinn to be saved. The next book in the series, which tells Quinn's story, can't come out soon enough for me.


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